23/24.05.1940 No. 51/78 Squadron Whitley V N1361 EY-F Fl/Lt. Ian L. McLaren
Date: 23/24th May 1940
Unit: No. 51 Squadron
Type: Whitley Mk.V
Code: EY-F (On loan from 78 Squadron)
Base: RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Location: Ochamps Belgium
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Ian Ledoux McLaren MiD. 35151 RAF Age 24. Killed (1)
Obs: Sgt. James Ronald Mirfin 590718 RAF Age 23. Pow No: 13102 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Buckfield MiD. 580759 RAF Pow No: 13091 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Spencer 551641 RAF Pow No: 13063 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus
Air/Gnr: AC1 H. Wilkinson 629011 RAF Pow No: 13106 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 23:00 hrs from RAF Linton-on-Ouse with five others to attack communication networks, many other targets were attacked during the night with various other units.
Hit by flak at 02:15 hrs crashing at 02:18 hrs near Recogne by Flak Abt. 292 with the help of Scheinwerfer (High powered searchlights) III/111 (mot) at Ochamps Belgium
(1) On the 28th April 1939 F/O. McLaren ran into the hangar doors at RAF Linton-on-Ouse whilst with 58 Squadron. The aircraft, Heyford IIA K4027 was damaged beyond repair. F/O. McLaren was a graduate of St. Andrews University where he had gained a BSc (honours) and in 1937 was one of 13 successful candidates to receive a permanent commission.
(2) Sgt. John Buckfield was awarded his MiD on the 28th December 1945 for work that he carried out within the sick bay in the PoW camp.
Fl/Lt. Ian Ledoux McLaren. Hotton War Cemetery, Luxembourg, Belgium. Grave V.C.11. Son of William McLaren, MA. BSc. and Margaret Smith McLaren, of Lochee, Dundee, Scotland.
Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered November 2015. Grave photo courtesy of Des Philippet - all others from the Michel Beckers collection. Detailed information from Bill Chorleys 2nd edition of Bomber Command Losses 1936-1940.